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Lady Cougars beat Rangers, lose to Punchers

Feb 14, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wind River's girls gained a weekend split with 49-35 road win against Kemmerer.

The Wind River girls sealed the third place seed out of the Class 2-A Southwest conference with a weekend split against Kemmerer and Big Piney.

On Friday, the Cougars scored a solid team win over the Kemmerer Rangers, 49-35, behind balanced scoring that saw nine different girls tally points in the game.

Saturday saw too many turnovers against Big Piney and in spite of a solid effort, the Cougars fell, 47-33, for the second time to the Punchers.

"This one stings," said Wind River head coach Charles Jenks. "We had too many turnovers but our effort was tremendous."

Karma was in the Cougars' favor early in the day when South Pass was finally opened just moments before they were scheduled to make a much longer drive to Kemmerer through Rawlins.

The Cougars trailed early, but came to life in the later periods and outlasted the Rangers in a brutal game that saw a combined 48 free-throw attempts by both squads.

With one game remaining in the regular season next Saturday at home against the Southwest Champion Wyoming Indian Lady Chiefs, the Cougars are set for an opening-round matchup against the second place teams from the Northwest 2-A.

On Saturday, the Cougars trailed early, but clawed back to make it a four-point game by the half.

An even third set Wind River for a possible upset road win but bad passes, ball-handling errors and numerous turnovers were the difference in the final period.

Big Piney converted those miscues into points and they were able to pull away in the final minutes.

Josie Oldman paced Wind River with 10 points while Jaylynn Fightingbear finished with eight.

The Cougars play their final home game next Saturday on the last day of the regular season against rival Wyoming Indian.

Kemmerer 11 9 8 7 --35

Wind River 8 14 14 13 - 49

Kemmerer - Vilos 1 (4) 0-2 14, Brunski 2 (1) 8-10 15, Larson 1 1-2 3, Maylas 0-2 0, Zuniga -3-8. Totals 4 (5) 12-24 35

Wind River - Jessie Becker 1 0-0 2, Lue Herbert 1-2 1, Vonnie Capitan 2 (1) 2-6 9, Kodi Anesi 5 0-1 10, Madi David 1 1-2 3, Savannah Arneach 1 0-0 2, Natasha Lookingbill 1 4-6 6, Jaylynn Fightingbear 3 0-0 6, Josie Oldman 3 3-6 8. Totals 17 (1) 12-24 49

Wind River 6 10 5 12 -33

Big Piney 12 8 5 22 - 47

Big Piney - Forrester 3 (1) 4-5 13, Commeser 1-2 1, Applin 1 (1) 3-6 8, Runyan 2 0-2 4, Jones 5 (1) 4-6 17, Cartwright 3 2-4 8, Buchenwald 1 0-2 2. Totals 14 (2) 13-25 47

Wind River - Capitan 1 0-2 2, Anesi 1 0-0 2, David 2 1-4 5, Arneach 1 1-1 3, Lookingbill 3-6 3, Fightingbear 3 2-2 8, Oldman 2 6-10. Totals 13 7-20 33

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Wind River's Jaylynn Fightingbear battled Kemmerer's Stevie Moyles for position on a rebound Friday evening at Kemmerer. Photo by Debbie Larson

Wind River's Jaylynn Fightingbear battled Kemmerer's Stevie Moyles for position on a rebound Friday evening at Kemmerer. Photo by Debbie Larson


Wind River's Jaylynn Fightingbear battled Kemmerer's Stevie Moyles for position on a rebound Friday evening at Kemmerer. Photo by Debbie Larson

Wind River's Jaylynn Fightingbear battled Kemmerer's Stevie Moyles for position on a rebound Friday evening at Kemmerer. Photo by Debbie Larson

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